January 14, 2022 – The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale, complexity and ambiguity, say recruiters who specialize in the field.
The McCormick Group, an Arlington, VA-based executive recruitment firm, recently opened a new office in Houston, TX. The office will be led by Saadia Sultan who has more than 20 years of experience in law and government affairs, particularly focused on the energy industry. “We’re so happy to have someone with deep government affairs experience in both Washington and Texas join our team,” said Steve Nelson, executive principal with TMG’s law & government affairs practice. “Saadia brings us a broad range of expertise and contacts, both of which are necessary in today’s dynamic Texas market.”
Ms. Sultan has served in senior government affairs positions with Exxon and BHP. During this time, she developed high-level networks with the U.S. government, think tanks, nonprofits, trade associations, and business councils among other organizations. Ms. Sultan has an expanded network beyond the oil and gas sector. She is the current Houston executive director for Asian Americans in Energy, Environment, and Commerce (AE2C), a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Houston affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Sultan’s executive recruiting experience includes engagements focused on energy, environment, infrastructure, healthcare, education, aerospace and defense.
For nearly all of its 46 years The McCormick Group has had a significant government affairs practice, with particular expertise, working with every type of organization, including companies, trade associations, law firms, and lobbying firms.
Founded in 1974 by Bill McCormick, The McCormick Group provides executive search services to associations, corporate government affairs offices and law firms, among others. The firm offers clients a full range of human capital services, including recruitment, human resources strategic planning and consulting, compensation studies and surveys, management succession consulting and restructuring, and outplacement consulting.
Last year, The McCormick Group assisted in the placement of Sohini Gupta as senior vice president of government affairs at Global Medical Response, the largest medical transportation company in the world. Principal David Ris and executive principal Steve Nelson led the assignment. Ms. Sohini has over 20 years of experience in policymaking, advocacy, and strategic engagement with the government. Her experience includes having served Sen. Evan Bayh as his health and social policy counsel, and as a lobbyist, consultant and strategist for payers and providers and for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health, technology and financial services companies. Ms. Sohini joined Global Medical Response from Centene Corp. She was a member of the Centene’s senior leadership team and led the federal government engagement for military health, prescription drug coverage and specialty businesses.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media